The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 6, 1885

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The schr. Lafonier has arrived from Toledo. She has coal for Brockville.

The schr. Benson arrived at Garden Island today from Toledo with timber.

The schrs. Ganges and L.A. Breck were expected this afternoon from Toledo with timber.

The schr. White Star has arrived at Portsmouth with 24,000 bushels of wheat from Oswego.

The sloop Lorraine has arrived from Deseronto with lumber and shingles for Rathbun & Co.

The steamer Corinthian passed down the river this morning. She had on board about thirty passengers.

The schr. Andrews en route here with corn from Chicago, goes back with paving stone from Grindstone Island.

The steamers Rothesay and Prince Arthur, lying at Gananoque, are being fitted for service, but their routes have not yet been determined.

The schr. Ocean Wave, peas, left this afternoon for Wellington to load barley for Oswego. She took a quantity of peas here.

The steambarge Indian and consort have reached Collinsby with timber from Escanaba. Commodore Fraser returns to Duncan City for another cargo.

The Rideau Belle makes her last trip to Kingston on Wednesday next for some days. She goes on the ways to have her after cabin altered and some repairs made.

The schr. Lafonier, bound for Brockville with coal, was struck by a squall near Amherst Island yesterday. Her mizzen boom was broken. The captain tried to cast anchor, but the chain broke and he lost the anchor and about eight fathoms of chain.

Capt. J. Donnelly has returned to the city after raising the steamer City of Owen Sound, near Michipicotin. He says the worst part of the job was in breaking the ice so that he could reach the propeller. When he got to the steamer he floated her and had her in working order in two days.

An apparent joke has led to considerable trouble to the captain of the steambarge Resolute. A jug was placed on board and in such a position as to be seized. The demijohn looked as if it contained liquor while in reality it contained only maple syrup. Still the vessel manifest, not having maple syrup on it, the vessel is liable to a fine of $500 and the captain may suffer criminal prosecution. It is said that the craft will be seized and tied up. Capt. McGowan has evidently caught a tartar.


Capt. T. Donnelly while working at the steamer City of Owen Sound, five weeks ago, narrowly escaped drowning. He was under the steamer in a diving dress, when the man who held the life line fastened to his helmut, gave it a sudden jerk, causing the helmut to come off. It was four minutes before he came to the surface, and then he was very much exhausted. The pressure of the water on the tynpanum of one of his ears forced it in and produced deafness. The other ear is also affected. The captain had an operation on his ear in Toronto, and he thinks he will recover his hearing in a short time.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 6, 1885